Tobias Traveler

June 8, 2017

Our Mission

The mission of Tobias Elementary School, a dedicated partnership of students, teachers, and parents, who find inspiration in our differences, is to ensure that every individual is an empowered problem-solver and passionate learner, by creating collaborative experiences that prepare students to be successful in a changing world.

Did you...

Check the Lost and Found for your child's missing items?

Get all medications from the Nurse's clinic?

Please do this on or before Thursday, June 1. Thank you!

Access to 6,000 online books this summer!

Log in to

School: Tobias Elementary

Username: Student ID#

Password: Student ID#

Students take an interest survey and placement quiz. They can then log their reading all summer.

Mark Your Calendar!

7 mindsets t-shirts

T-shirts are green. The front has student illustrations of the 7 mindsets by 5th grader Sophia Strittmater. The back has #TobiasProud. Available for order. Only $10.

Yearbooks are in~

They look great! Purchase your yearbook in the office. Only $20. Make checks payable to Tobias Elementary School.

We are proud of our school!

Please take the time to watch and share these videos highlighting the successes of the 7 mindsets at Tobias Elementary School.

Summer Program for Early Literacy

Students in grades K-2 will be getting an invitation to attend a summer reading program at Tobias, hosted by Texas State and St. Edwards. The program is on Mondays and Wednesdays in June from 9-11am. Students will participate in literacy based games and activities and receive take home readers for at home practice. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the form and return it to the librarian, Laura Carter, by June 1. Questions? Contact

Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Year, Mrs. Janera Miller. We are so grateful for your dedication to our students' reading success.

Volunteers Needed

Hello Everyone, Here is the link to sign up to volunteer to help with the Destination Dollar Store in May. Thank you in advance for the help.

New PTA Officers 2017-18

President: Dana Barker

Vice President: Jennifer Carrera

Secretary: Dina Nall

Treasurer: Jeff Campbell

Membership: Stacy Clark

Hospitality: Tisha Heathman

Boxtops: Beth Powell

Public Relations: Dana Barker

Volunteer Coordinator: TBD

Social Media Coordinator: Lori de Leon

Fundraising: TBD

Text Alerts from the Principal

Please sign up for our school’s Remind messages by texting the message @5b5a8 to the number 81010; or email

Announcement: Heelies (Wheels in shoes) are NOT allowed at school.

Library Corner

Don’t forget about our collection of eBooks from also! Username is tobias and password is school.

PTA has a Facebook page... please join!

This link connects us all!

Volunteers are needed for the Destination Dollar Store, reading mentors, and Dads for the Dad Squad!

Reflex Math

Students in 2nd - 5th grade are encouraged to get on Reflex Math to practice their math facts and become fluent every night or as often as possible. Get the green light! Reflex is web-based so you can access it from any device. Log on to Students should know their username and password. If not, please request it from your child's teacher.

Keep Up with your Reading: Earn tickets to the Road to Success!

Our new reading incentive program encourages students to track their minutes. There are great prizes announced each week! Our goal is to read 1,500,000 minutes for the school year! Let's get everyone to participate! Kinder-1st graders read 10 minutes/night, 2nd-3rd graders read 20 minutes/night, and 4th-5th graders read 30 minutes/night. Thank you!

Walking your child to class

Parents, we are a family-friendly school and welcome parents in the building. However, it is imperative for our students' safety that you check in to the office and receive a VISITOR'S BADGE when you walk your child to class. All staff have been trained to escort any visitor without a badge to the office immediately. Please do not go past the front doors without a badge. Thank you for respecting our procedures to ensure the safety of all children!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

We want to acknowledge and thank the following companies for their support! Parents, please say THANK YOU when visiting these businesses:

Austin Regional Clinic (Bronze level)

Master Tech Automotive (Bronze level)

Hays Women's Health (Bronze level)

State Farm- Cory Pack (Bronze level)

Tobias Elementary PTA

Stepstone Realty


Thank you to our Field Day sponsors!

Firehouse Animal Health Center

Master Tech Automotive

Long Orthodontics

We appreciate you!

We are here to help

Please let us know how we can help your child.

From left to right:

  • Paige Collier, Principal
  • Christie Contreras, Counselor
  • Alisa DiPalma, Vice Principal

Office Phone: (512)268-8437

Arrival and Dismissal Times

The school hours for elementary schools in Hays CISD have changed. Please note our new bell times:

School Hours
7:05 am - Doors open
7:35 am - Instruction begins
2:55 pm - Dismissal

About Us

Motto: Work Hard, Be Kind, Explore!

Mascot: Explorers

Colors: Blue and Green (like the Earth)

Opened: 2003

Namesake: Rosalio Tobias (Read about him here:

Grades: Kindergarten - 5th grade

Inclusive: PPCD and Foundational Learning programs

Population: 723 students

School Rules (MAPS):

Make good choices

Always be safe

Practice self-control

Show respect

Field Trips!

We EXPLORE these places:

Kindergarten goes to Crowe's Nest in Manor and Pioneer Farms in Austin.

1st grade goes to the YMCA in Buda, McKenna Children's Museum in New Braunfels, and Zachary Scott Theater and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.

2nd grade goes to the Austin Zoo and the Meadows Center in San Marcos.

3rd grade goes to Natural Bridge Caverns in New Braunfels and J&R Gymnastics in San Marcos.

4th grade goes to the University of Texas at Austin and NASA Space Center in Houston.

5th grade goes to Camp for All in Burton, TX (3 days- 2 nights) and on a middle school visit.

Foundational Learning classes visit Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio and have Community-Based Instruction in local venues such as HEB, Wal-Mart, and McDonalds.

Our award-winning choir goes to the Elgin Christmas Tree farm and the Schlitterbahn Sound Waves Festival.

Car Line Arrival and Dismissal

Parents, please review the arrival and dismissal procedures.

The pick up cards for the 2016-17 school year are blue.

The procedures are written on your blue card and can be found here:

Remember the procedures are in place for the safety of everyone. Cell phone use is prohibited in a school zone! Law enforcement will be observing our arrival and dismissal procedures to help us enforce the rules. Please, please take extra caution around our school.

Our children's lives are precious. Slow down, pay attention to your driving, and be vigilant of others. Please follow the car in front of you keeping a safe distance between cars. Please do not cut in line or block the parents who have followed the procedures correctly. We ask that all parents model respectful behavior around our school as we have children watching.

Please also be courteous and safe to our staff who are supervising and monitoring dismissal. Thank you for your cooperation.

We are No Place for Hate. Join our anti-bullying campaign: "Don't Stand By, Stand Up!"

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This Year, we are learning about the 7 Mindsets

Schedule at a Glance:

August: Introduction to the 7 Mindsets

September: Everything is Possible

October: Attitude of Gratitude

November: Live to Give

December: Live to Give

January: Passion First

February: We are Connected

March: 100% Accountable

April: The Time is Now

May: Mindset Masters!

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Connect to PTA

Have fun and make a difference for your children! We want every parent and teacher to join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Membership is only $6 per year and we are looking forward to a great year!

Let's commit to helping our school be the best it can be. We are partners in our children's education. Connect with PTA by emailing

Girlstart STEM

The world's greatest challenges need new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) ideas and insights. Girlstart's mission is to solve this. We increase girls' interest and engagement in STEM through nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. By empowering more girls to continue their interest in STEM, we help make bright futures. At Girlstart, we cultivate a culture where risk is rewarded curiosity is encouraged, and creativity is expected.

Girlstart After School is a free, weekly, two-semester program encouraging young women to believe in themselves and pursue paths to higher education and career opportunities in STEM. It seeks to enhance girls' science learning through engaging activities that include important STEM concepts in a hands-on environment. This is our 4th year for Tobias Elementary to host GirlStart After School for 4th and 5th grade girls. The club is limited to 25 students per year.

The club meets Tuesdays. For more information, contact our Sponsor Mrs. Ivicic at or visit

Student Council (StuCo)

Student Council is a leadership organization that serves the school and community. Their main projects are: recycling initiatives, Tobias News, food drive, Val-o-grams, and special event set-up. StuCo members are expected to be positive role models, have A/B report cards, and follow the MAPS in all areas of the school. Meetings are twice a month on Thursdays from 3:00-4:30pm.

Attendance Matters

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. There is a strong connection between student attendance and academic performance. Therefore, when students miss class, they miss out on learning.

Excessive absences could affect your child’s progress. Please make every effort to have your child at school everyday and on time. The school doors open at 7:05 am and instruction begins at 7:35 am and ends at 2:55 pm. The ADA time is 10:00am.

If your student is absent from school, please email the attendance clerk at or send a note with them when they return to school.

Notes need to include the following information:
Student's first and last name
Date(s) of absence
Reason for absence
Parent signature

Tobias Elementary won the "Most Improved Attendance" banner in the 2014-15 school year. We can earn it again. Thank you for working with us to have your child here at school!

Become a Guest Teacher

We could use a few more Guest Teachers (substitutes) for the 2016-17 school year! Apply online if you're interested in working with our kids and staff!

What to Wear to School

Research has concluded that students are able to perform at their highest level in a safe and secure environment.

The dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevent disruption, and minimize safety hazards. Any disruptive or distractive mode of clothing or appearance that adversely impacts the educational process is not permitted.

Clothing and Grooming Guidelines:

  • Shoes (Tennis shoes/sneakers must be worn on P.E. days)
  • Pants and shorts cannot be worn below the waist (“sagging” garments are not acceptable)
  • No exposed underwear/undergarments
  • Tube tops, exposed midriff or cleavage, halter type blouses or mesh/see-through shirts are not permitted
  • No hats, caps, bandanas, or hoods may be worn inside the building without administrator approval (some exemptions apply in special circumstances)
  • Hairstyles that are disruptive (head and/or facial) are not permitted
  • Items that display pictures, slogans, or language that is provocative, offensive, violent, profane, sexual, drug related, tobacco related, gang related or promotes death or hate messages will not be permitted.
  • Heelies (wheels in shoes) are not permitted at school.

It is the campus administrator’s or designee’s responsibility to ensure that enforcement of this policy is done so in a consistent manner with respect to community standards and age appropriateness. While it is inevitable that there will be differences of opinion regarding the appropriateness of a student's attire, the final decision lies with the building administrator.

What to Bring to School

  • Backpack - Please check your child’s backpack each day for important notes and information.
  • School binder (provided for every student)
  • Library books
  • Lunch box or lunch money
  • Your smile! :)

Calling All Dads

Kudos to our Tobias Dad Squad member, Mr. Garza, for helping out around our school on Thursday. We definitely enjoy having our dads here on campus and would like to see more Dads. If you are interested please sign up at the following link:

Thank you,

Mrs. Contreras


Tobias offers a grab-and-go breakfast between 7:05 and 7:35 am. Please make sure your child is dropped off during the arrival period to allow plenty of time to eat and begin class on time.

Going Home

If there will be a change from the way your child normally goes home, we must have a note from you in order to make this change. Without a note, your child will go home their normal way regardless of what the student was told verbally. Parents may call to make changes in the case of an emergency. Please contact the office before 1:00pm with transportation changes. This is for everyone’s safety.

Emergency Contact Information

Please make sure we have at least two working phone numbers to contact parents in case of illness or emergency. Keep us informed if your address or phone numbers change throughout the year.


Tobias Elementary welcomes you! When visiting, we ask for you to be prepared to sign in the front office with your driver’s license or state identification in order to receive a visitor’s badge. Please remember to sign out once you leave. We work very hard to create a safe environment, and this is an important part of school safety.


We have a daily outside recess. Please dress your child according to the weather.


Students will have a scheduled library time and can visit the library on passes as well. The children will be allowed to check out books after orientation with the librarian. Parents may have a library card too! Please take care of our library books.

Guided Reading books

Students will bring books home to read from our Literacy library. These books are expensive and part of a set. Students need to take excellent care of their books. If books are lost or damaged, there will be a $6.00 replacement fee per book.

Report Cards

We are on a nine week grading period. Every nine weeks your child will bring home a report card. Midway through each nine weeks, your child will bring home a progress report. Let your child’s teacher know if you have any questions or concerns. Conferences are sometimes needed, so please be available to meet.